The schedule is released at 6pm tonight, and so far all we know is that the home start time is now 7:30pm instead of 7, which just pushes everything out by half an hour, and in my opinion is plain silly.  But, as long as it means more dinner specials being ordered at the ACC, that’s really what matters.

So as we wait for the schedule, here’s some thing we generally look out for and come 6pm, I’ll just fill in the blanks – let me know if I’ve missed any key events.

UPDATE: 6PM EST releases schedule, but ESPN’s is much better formatted (scroll down for full schedule too).  You can also download the schedule as a CSV file or, better yet, subscribe to it via iCal (which work with Google Calendar as well).

  • The Raptors play Miami, Indiana, Washington, and Milwaukee three times each next season.
  • Raps are on TNT versus Chicago on Nov 13, a Thursday
  • ESPN games are @ Charlotte April 8. Charlotte @ Toronto April 15
  • NBA TV Schedule: v DEN Dec 8, v SAS Feb 8, at NOP Feb 23, v HOU Mar 30, at MIA  April 11
  • Busiest months are November and January with 16 games each
  • 19 back-to-back games (last year we had 18) – 7 of the 19 are road back-to-backs.

Games by Day:

  • Sunday: 13 (7 home, 6 road)
  • Monday: 11 (6 home, 5 road)
  • Tuesday: 10 (2 home, 8 road)
  • Wednesday: 17 (11 home, 6 road)
  • Thursday: 2 (2 home, 0 road)
  • Friday: 19 (10 home, 9 road)
  • Saturday: 10 (3 home, 7 road)

The official dot com broke some info down too and here’s ESPN’s excellent NBA-wide breakdown.

What? When?
Season Opener Oct 29 at home vs Atlanta
First Road Game Nov 1 in Orlando
US National TV TNT: v Chicago on Nov 13, ESPN:  @ Charlotte on April 8, v Charlotte on April 15
Nets v Raptors Rematch in Toronto Dec 17
Nets v Raptors Rematch in Brooklyn Jan 30
Longest Roadtrip 1 6-game road swing between Dec 22-Jan 4: Chicago, Clippers, Denver, Portland, Golden State, Phoenix
Longest Homestand 7-game homestand between Nov 7 and Nov 21 – Washington, Philly, Orlando, Chicago, Utah, Memphis, Milwaukee
Second-Longest Homestand 6-game home-stand between Jan 8 and Jan 18: Charlotte, Boston, Detroit, Philly, Atlanta, New Orleans
Western Swing 1 3-game trip between Nov 30-Dec 3: Lakers, Kings, and Utah
Western Swing 2 Par of the 6-game roadtrip between Dec 22-Jan 4
Christmas Schedule 5-day break between trip to Chicago (Dec 22) and trip to Clippers (Dec 27) between
New Years Schedule Raps don’t play on NY Eve or NY Day – NY starts in GSW on Jan 2
All-Star Break Schedule 9-day break for the Raptors with nothing between the Washington game on Feb 11 and in Atlanta on Feb 20
Season Ending Schedule Season ends on April 15 at home vs Bobcats, preceded by a trip to Boston
Andrew Wiggins Return March 18 – long ways away
Vince Carter Return Nov 19
Chris Bosh Return Mar 13
Jose Calderon Return Dec 21
Andrea Bargnani Return Dec 21
Rudy Gay Return Jan 28
Kevin Durant in Toronto Nov 4
LeBron James in Toronto Dec 5
The Champs, San Antonio Spurs in Toronto Feb 8
Date Opponent Time
Wed, Oct 29 vsAtlanta 7:30 PM
Sat, Nov 1 @Orlando 7:00 PM
Sun, Nov 2 @Miami 6:00 PM
Tue, Nov 4 vsOklahoma City 7:30 PM
Wed, Nov 5 @Boston 7:30 PM
Fri, Nov 7 vsWashington 7:30 PM
Sun, Nov 9 vsPhiladelphia 7:00 PM
Tue, Nov 11 vsOrlando 7:30 PM
Thu, Nov 13 vsChicago 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov 15 vsUtah 7:30 PM
Wed, Nov 19 vsMemphis 7:30 PM
Fri, Nov 21 vsMilwaukee 7:30 PM
Sat, Nov 22 @Cleveland 7:30 PM
Mon, Nov 24 vsPhoenix 7:30 PM
Wed, Nov 26 @Atlanta 7:30 PM
Fri, Nov 28 vsDallas 7:30 PM
Sun, Nov 30 @Los Angeles 9:30 PM
Tue, Dec 2 @Sacramento 10:00 PM
Wed, Dec 3 @Utah 9:00 PM
Fri, Dec 5 vsCleveland 7:30 PM
Mon, Dec 8 vsDenver 7:30 PM
Tue, Dec 9 @Cleveland 7:00 PM
Fri, Dec 12 vsIndiana 7:30 PM
Sun, Dec 14 @NY Knicks 7:30 PM
Mon, Dec 15 vsOrlando 7:30 PM
Wed, Dec 17 vsBrooklyn 8:00 PM
Fri, Dec 19 @Detroit 7:30 PM
Sun, Dec 21 vsNY Knicks 3:30 PM
Mon, Dec 22 @Chicago 8:00 PM
Sat, Dec 27 @Los Angeles 3:30 PM
Sun, Dec 28 @Denver 9:00 PM
Tue, Dec 30 @Portland 10:00 PM
Fri, Jan 2 @Golden State 10:30 PM
Sun, Jan 4 @Phoenix 8:00 PM
Thu, Jan 8 vsCharlotte 7:30 PM
Sat, Jan 10 vsBoston 7:30 PM
Mon, Jan 12 vsDetroit 7:30 PM
Wed, Jan 14 vsPhiladelphia 7:30 PM
Fri, Jan 16 vsAtlanta 7:30 PM
Sun, Jan 18 vsNew Orleans 3:30 PM
Mon, Jan 19 @Milwaukee 8:00 PM
Wed, Jan 21 @Memphis 8:00 PM
Fri, Jan 23 @Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Sun, Jan 25 vsDetroit 7:00 PM
Tue, Jan 27 @Indiana 7:00 PM
Wed, Jan 28 vsSacramento 7:30 PM
Fri, Jan 30 @Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Sat, Jan 31 @Washington 7:00 PM
Mon, Feb 2 vsMilwaukee 7:30 PM
Wed, Feb 4 vsBrooklyn 7:30 PM
Fri, Feb 6 vsLos Angeles 7:30 PM
Sun, Feb 8 vsSan Antonio 7:00 PM
Wed, Feb 11 vsWashington 7:30 PM
Fri, Feb 20 @Atlanta 7:30 PM
Sat, Feb 21 @Houston 8:00 PM
Mon, Feb 23 @New Orleans 8:00 PM
Tue, Feb 24 @Dallas 8:30 PM
Fri, Feb 27 vsGolden State 7:30 PM
Sat, Feb 28 @NY Knicks 7:30 PM
Mon, Mar 2 @Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Wed, Mar 4 vsCleveland 7:30 PM
Fri, Mar 6 @Charlotte 7:00 PM
Sun, Mar 8 @Oklahoma City 7:00 PM
Tue, Mar 10 @San Antonio 8:30 PM
Fri, Mar 13 vsMiami 7:30 PM
Sun, Mar 15 vsPortland 7:00 PM
Mon, Mar 16 @Indiana 7:00 PM
Wed, Mar 18 vsMinnesota 7:30 PM
Fri, Mar 20 @Chicago 8:00 PM
Sun, Mar 22 vsNY Knicks 4:00 PM
Tue, Mar 24 @Detroit 7:30 PM
Wed, Mar 25 vsChicago 7:30 PM
Fri, Mar 27 vsLos Angeles 7:30 PM
Mon, Mar 30 vsHouston 7:30 PM
Wed, Apr 1 @Minnesota 8:00 PM
Fri, Apr 3 @Brooklyn 7:30 PM
Sat, Apr 4 vsBoston 7:30 PM
Wed, Apr 8 @Charlotte 7:00 PM
Fri, Apr 10 @Orlando 7:00 PM
Sat, Apr 11 @Miami 7:30 PM
Tue, Apr 14 @Boston 7:30 PM
Wed, Apr 15 vsCharlotte 8:00 PM

  • Blasterfi9

    whose this andrew Barganani fellow…. sounds like a stud.

  • TDot Mix Productions

    LOL it’s Andrea* bargnani not andrew but I’d prefer u put primo pasta instead!

  • GoingBig

    7:00 to 7:30 – West coast fans say, “Ya!!”

    • Frazzle.

      Uk fans say: “Noooooo”

  • TDot Mix Productions

    7:30 to get more fans for player intros?

  • Stephen Brotherston

    Really want to know which teams in the East outside of the Atlantic Division do the Raptors see 4x

    • Vimsanity

      Milwaukee and Orlando, please.

  • A_Magic_Head

    I believe you have forgotten the Brooklyn Nets v.s Toronto Raptors rematch

    • arsenalist

      Yup, added it. Thanks.

  • Rapsfan_Sheri

    I’m most looking forward to the home-opener and want to know about Saturday home games. I love the Saturday night home games and I’m hoping there are a few on the schedule!!! I also hope that with the time change the lower bowl will be full come tip-off!!!

  • Garrett Hinchey

    You missed Air Gray Return

    • noname

      He just might hit the game winning 3-pointer against us…

  • Rupert

    Drake night

    • DDayLewis

      Proceeds from Drake night will be used to pay off his fines.

      • noname

        can rap of the day go to a moderator?

        • DDayLewis

          That’s up to moderator “arsenalist”

  • Mexiballer

    Im just hoping its not anywhere near the brutal schedule we got last year. Our added depth with Williams and J.J. should make a huge difference with the long and grueling N.B.A. schedule. Hopefully we can play ten deep on a nightly basis.

  • Kev-o

    Just FYI – that extra half hour between 5pm and the game means a LOT for fans driving in from out-of-town. I will probably hit up at least a few extra games knowing that I’m likely not going to miss tip-off.

  • Charanvir

    First Game vs the Knicks

  • ThePurpAndRed

    The half hour later is a huge thing for life long Raptor fans like myself who don’t have such a Toronto-centric view of Canada. Rushing home from work/school everyday at 4pm to watch the Raptors home games for the last 10-15 years of my life finally will get a 30 minute buffer, which seems small but will make a huge difference.

    • Regina Raps Fan

      PVR my friend

      • QueenCityRapsFan

        pvr compared to live sports is just… no.

        • Will

          Especially when you accidentally hear the outcome.

    • Mark

      Not so great for the east coast fans, but not that bad either

    • Guesty

      I wouldn’t call it a Toronto centric view of Canada. Just a Toronto-centric view of the TORONTO Raptors.

  • Truth Teller

    We got a TNT game in the REGULAR season. Last time that was when VC was still on the team.

  • TDOT

    Finally getting games on espn and TNT, but we need more!!!

  • OakTree

    19 sets of back to back games… Seems like a lot, but only one more than last year.

    Both trips to Cleveland are on the second night of a back to back. Both of Cleveland’s trips to Toronto are on the second night of a back to back, also.

    There are 3 games against Cleveland before Dec 9, which is good because that team is going to take a while to gel. Still, with all the back to backs it will be tough to do better than a split.

    • Vimsanity

      More importantly, A LOT of back to backs with the second game being on the road. Teams are affected much more when the have to travel the night before the second game, understandably so.

      Here’s an old, but relevant, look into some of the win percentages in those scenarios.

      • OakTree

        Yeah, no home back to backs… That’s not good. Not at all.

        The Miami series looks winnable, if the Raps can take the first game.

        It’s the second night of a back to back, but the night before is in Orlando, so that’s not too bad.

        • truth be told

          Why do some fans think the Raps are better than Miami now?lol

          Without Lebron, they are still better than the Raptors.

          • OakTree

            The gap has definitely closed, though I do agree that Miami is much better than they’re getting credit for.

            The Miami series is winnable because both teams should win their home games, except I think that the Raptors can get the upset in that first game.

            Miami plays the night before in Philly, whereas Toronto plays the night before in Orlando, so that’s an advantage to Toronto.

            Also, Miami probably won’t be firing on all cylinders out of the gate, and it will be only the third game of the season. Toronto should be as well prepared as anyone in the East to have a good start coming out of training camp.

            In the end I think Miami finishes 4th or 5th in the conference, and I wouldn’t want to face them in the playoffs. But a slow start means they finish behind the Raptors, even if they’re the better team come playoff time.

  • noname

    we have 3 espn games not 2. The game against brooklyn on dec 17th is on espn.

  • OakTree

    The Raps could start off really hot.

    Like, really scorching hot.

    Look at the schedule up until Nov 21.

    • Will

      We better do well though. That’s 9 of our 41 home games right there, with games against OKC and Chicago.

  • poopybumbum

    Oh ma God we got on us television without the playoffs YES YES YEEEEESSS

  • Will

    I’ve always wondered. How does the NBA decide which teams play other teams in their conference only three times?

  • Wiley

    Awww man we won’t play Wiggy until March!


    “Season ends on April 15 at home vs Bobcats…” common espn, get the team names correct.